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Olympic figure skater Shoma Uno shocks pro with Smash Ultimate skills

Published: 17/Aug/2020 18:43

by Michael Gwilliam


It’s common nowadays to see traditional athletes compete in video games with and against pro players, and now even figure skaters are getting in on the action. In a new video, Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno took on Smash pro Masaya ‘aMSa’ Chikamoto in Ultimate.

aMSa is primarily known for his skills in Melee where he is considered to be the undisputed best Yoshi player in the world. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t dabble into other games in the series, such as its latest entry, Ultimate.


In the August 16 video, aMSa did battle with Shoma Uno, a Japanese figure skater who took home silver in the 2018 Olympic Games. And while Uno may be graceful on the ice, in Smash he’s the opposite.

In the first match, the Smash veteran chose Fire Emblem’s Roy while Uno opted for the Star Fox antagonist Wolf. Hilariously, while aMSa dominated much of the first stock, racking up 86% in unanswered damage, the Roy player accidentally fell off the stage and couldn’t recover in time.


From there, aMSa turned up the heat (both literally and figuratively), preventing the skater from getting back to the stage and landed some nice fiery up specials.

However, Uno wasn’t half bad himself, finding his rhythm, knowing when to back off, play defensively and even found some nice grab opportunities. In the end, the accidental death cost aMSa because Uno took game one with a back air to secure the final stock.

Game two was another close one, but this time, the Smash pro won it out in a last-hit-wins situation with a massive up air to close out the round. This trend continued going into the next two games, which really could have gone either way.

aMSa and Shoma Uno battle in Smash Ultimate
Shoma Uno is actually quite good at Smash Ultimate.

In games three and four, Uno opted to switch fighters, going with Palutena instead. The four game battle came to a close with both players winning two matches each. Not bad for a figure skater!

Uno isn’t the first athlete to get involved with Smash. Notably, NFL star Le’Veon Bell has a pretty good Megaman, has attended local tournaments and even co-hosted an online major with Team Liquid’s Hungrybox.

Now, if only Bell and Uno could square off in Smash. That would be something.


Iconic Smash Bros Hyrule Temple stage recreated in Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:21

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Melee introduced many playable fan-favorite stages such as Final Destination and Battlefield, though none may be more infamous than Hyrule Temple. Now, a fan has recreated the Zelda stage within Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

Hyrule Temple is an absolute blast to play in a casual setting as it’s one of the largest stages in the game and has five sections for players to battle in – three on the upper area, and two on the lower.


Due to the stage’s layout and Smash’s casual scene consisting of items and multi-player brawls, it’s really the perfect battleground for chaos to ensue.

As it turns out, Hyrule Temple isn’t just a good Zelda-inspired Smash stage. It also makes for a pretty unique map in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

Link on Hyrule Temple
Hyrule Temple has appeared in other Smash games since Melee.

Redditor Skramblez took to the popular site to share their recreation with the world. In a post titled “I recreated Hyrule Temple in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2,” the gamer showed off the map in a video accompanied by Zelda music.

As you can see in the video, the stage’s sections are split into their own variants of a skate park. Some of the smaller paths are replaced by rails for skaters to grind on, and there’s plenty of gaps to clear.

The edges of the stage are replaced with ramps, so you shouldn’t be flying off the stage like you’ve still taken a Ganondorf F-Smash at a high percentage.


As a nice touch, and sticking with the Zelda lore, Skramblez even made the character look a bit like Link – at least the most Link-like the skateboarding game could allow for.

Instead of a green tunic, the player has a green hoodie. Instead of the green cap, it’s a beanie. However, the character does have long blonde hair, just like the Hero of Time.

Triforce in Tony Hawk Pro Skater
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Don’t miss the Triforce hidden in the map.

According to Skramblez, it took fifteen hours to make the map. “The park editor’s not the most intuitive, but you can do a lot once you get used to it,” they explained.


If you want to try it out for yourself, just search “Hyrule Temple” in custom parks on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on PC.